Playa Del Amor is also known as the Hidden Beach. The beach is a structure of one of the beautiful Marieta Islands from Mexico.
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Formed by volcanic activity over thousands of years, Las Marietas Islands are located in the mouth of Banderas Bay, about 22 nautical miles West of Puerto Vallarta.
Playa Del Amor is a secluded paradise invisible from the outside. To reach the place visitors must swim through a short water tunnel that links the beach to the Pacific Ocean. Playa Del Amor offers both sun and shade, and access to a crystal-clear water. This is the reason for which it was also named the Hidden Beach.
The Hidden Beach fascinates people not only for its special characteristics, but for its history. It is rumored that the place was not formed by nature, but by people. The Marieta Islands have always been uninhabited which allowed the Mexican government to use them as target practice for bombs during WWI. It seems that Playa Del Amor is also the result of such tests.
The military actions damaged the flora and fauna on the island. In the 1960s, a team led by scientist Jacques Cousteau started a protest against harmful human activity in the archipelago. Hardly in 2005, the Mexican authorities declared the archipelago a national park. Any human activity that has a negative impact on the 1,400 hectares of the islands is now forbidden.
Although still uninhabited, Marietas Islands are frequently visited by tourists. Playa Del Amor and the diverse marine wildlife are the principal attractions.
Because there is enough space above water level (almost 2 m) visitors can arrive by swimming or kayaking to the Hidden Beach. A number of tour operators are providing day trips to this marvelous place.
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